Q: What professional accomplishments are you most proud of since you began CitiPie
During this whole process a lot of people put me down and didn't believe in me. Along the way, I faced many challenges which made me feel like I was a failure. However, my optimistic attitude, and ambition to be different, keeps me moving forward towards accomplishing my dreams.
When I was eight years old, my Canadian aunt showed me how to make Roman style pizza at home. When I was eleven years old, my fifth grade teacher Mrs. Martin created her own currency, and held a classroom market to give her students the experience of running their own business. Everybody in our fifth grade classroom made their own products. The rest of the school paid one US dollar in exchange for five Martin dollars to spend in our classroom. With the help of my mom, I made six extra large homemade pies, three with pepperoni, and three with onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms. Within an hour, I sold out! The whole school couldn't believe that I made these at home. This was the start of my pizza journey which inspired me to launch CITI PIE
, August of 2018. Since the launch, I've learned from my mistakes, made connections, and this April 2019, I'll have a vending location in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. I'm really happy that I was able to turn my childhood dream into a
. Q: What is one piece of advice that you will give someone running a restaurant? Rishi :
Don't go into running a food truck alone. Find a partner that shares your dream. This is where time management and organization skills come into play.
Every day, I wear various hats, such as: the kitchen manager, hiring manager, marketing director, food purchasing, events coordinator, and even auto mechanic.
At times it is very draining because I have to meet my deadline, I just don't have time to fix that lingering issue. I would love to hire and empower people but in the beginning you do it yourself because you don't have a hiring budget to fill these positions. You have to keep things running. Weather you crawl, walk, or run, move forward! One thing I really love about business is that it teaches you discipline. I love that! If you fail it's because you did not have discipline,
"It's nobody else fault but yours, you have to own it, and grow from it", Gary Vee